Serving as an ALT, you will find yourself helping
Japan connect its present to the future. It is an amazing chance
to be part of the big transition, assisting the country’s future
generation to acquire the universal language. You will be helping
them to prepare for the ever-globalizing world.
in Japan will open your eyes to a fascinating array of new customs,
traditions, and more. But fear not,adjusting to lifehere can be
a surprisingly smooth ride. Traveling in Japan can be incredibly
easy. Its high-techtrain network is arguably the best in the entire
world.Once you get the hang of it you become a bird with a set of
full-fledged wings, ready to explore your new surroundings.
an outside perspective, the language barrier might appear to be
the most challenging factor. Yet, as an ALT, your fellow Japanese
teachers and your students will be glad to assist you sincethey
will be very eager to learn about your country's culture.
teachers and students are also an invaluable resource for learning
Japanese, and are almost always willing to answer any questions.
Lunchtime spent with your studentsis a great time for them to practice
English, and for you to learn about Japanese cultures and customs.
The ALT work schedulewill give you lots of options
to design your life here. With many national holidays and breaks,
you will be afforded with lots of free time to explore your new
From Hokkaido to Okinawa, you will never run
out of beautiful and fascinating places to visit. As for more local
leisure activities, sports enthusiasts and outdoorsy types will
have a lot of options close to home. If you are a hiker, you will
find no shortage of great trails in this country's pristine national
parks. Runners can take advantage of everything from a school marathon
to an organized race through the streets of the nearest city. Those
who prefer a more sedentary approach to life might be just as content
having a picnic under a cherry blossom tree in the spring, or snacking
on manjuunderneath a full moon in the fall.